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Tilly Fleischer

Full name: Othilie "Tilly" Fleischer (-Heuser, -Grote)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: October 2, 1911 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Died: July 14, 2005 in Lahr, Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Affiliations: Eintracht Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Tilly Fleischer was the first German gold medal winner of the 1936 Olympic Games, and was honored by being invited up to Hitler's special box. This caused the IOC to insist that only the IOC could honor Olympic Champions at the Games, and is the background for the legend that Hitler did not honor Jesse Owens in his box. Fleischer competed in the shot put, discus, and javelin throws. She ranked in the world top 10 year lists from 1929-35 in the shot put, and javelin, and won four German championships, with the 1931 and 1933 4×100 relay team, and in the 1932 and 1936 javelin throw. She also set two world records in shot put in 1929 (12.40 m) and 1930 (12.88 m). After her retirement from athletics Fleischer became 1943 German Champion in handball with her club Eintracht Frankfurt.

The city of Frankfurt presented Fleischer a car for her Olympic victory. After World War II she was the proprietor of two leather goods shops. At the time of her death she was the oldest living German Olympic champion.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.43 (1928); SP – 12.88 (1930); DT – 38.71 (1935); JT – 45.18 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Germany GER 6
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Discus Throw Germany GER 4
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Germany GER 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Germany GER 1 Gold OR

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) L
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Germany GER Final Standings 6 50.0 6

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final Standings 4 36.12

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Germany Final Standings 3 43.01
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Standings 1 OR 45.18
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round One 4 38.60
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Two 1 OR 44.69 44.69
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Three 1 43.01 44.69
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Four 1 38.87 44.69
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Five 1 OR 45.18 45.18
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Athletics Germany Final Round Round Six NP 42.19
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